Joel Embiid is a professional basketball player in the NBA and currently plays center for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was born in Cameroon and holds French and American citizenship. He played one year of college ball at the University of Kansas before being drafted third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the 76ers. Get all of the latest Joel Embiid stats and news here!
After being drafted by the 76ers, Embiid underwent surgery on the navicular bone in his right foot and missed the entire 2014-2015 season and all of the 2015-2016 season. In 2016, he started as the 76ers center and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team despite requiring another surgery in March of that year.
In 2017-2018, Embiid signed a five-year $148 million contract extension. Since then, Embiid has become a five-time NBA All-Star, a four-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a three-time member of the All-Defensive team. He is the first center to lead the NBA in scoring (2021-22) since Shaquille O’Neal while also being the first foreign player to lead the NBA in scoring.
Joel Embiid’s girlfriend is Brazilian model Anne de Paula, and in 2020 they welcomed a son named Arthur in honor of Embiid’s late brother who died at 16 in a car crash.